Suppose you’d like to build a new mobile app. You’ll usually drop a plan, set and prioritize goals, hire a project manager, create a schedule and hold endless meetings with stakeholders until the whole team’s energy is drained out and the deliverables are of less quality than expected. All those problems that come with preparing a plan for the whole development process can be solved with Agile Scrum.
What is Scrum?
Scrum is an agile project management framework that teams use to develop, deliver, and sustain complex products. It is a flexible way of working in a rapidly changing world. It also fosters a self-organizing, cross-functional team. Collaboration is achieved in daily stand up meetings with fixed roles assigned to scrum master, product owner, and team members. During the 15 minutes meet-up time, team members review what they worked on, try to identify any impediments to progress and decide future steps of the project. There is no team leader, so the whole team is dedicated to the same goals and problems.
With Scrum, a product is built in a series of iterations called sprints. Sprints break down big, complex projects into bite-sized pieces. Each mini-piece will produce its own specific results. The goals of each sprint are established and managed through four meetings: planning, standup, review, and retrospective. Most commonly, sprints are timeboxed to around two to three weeks. Dave West, from Scrum.org advises that the more complex the work and the more unknowns, the shorter the sprint should be. At the end of every sprint, a demonstration of the functionality is provided so that regular feedback can be taken before the next sprint.
Benefits of Implementing Scrum
Maintaining quality is a key principle of development with Scrum. The sprints allow users to access the mobile app and to detect existing bugs in the beta versions. On the basis of that, mobile app developers can make changes quickly and all risks can be managed timely. The flexibility to make changes and the transparency of making progress ensure a high-quality app at the end. The active involvement of the customers can be beneficial for determining customer satisfaction and creating positive and enduring customer relationships. Since working software can be delivered to customers very early on, Scrum has the potential to generate ROI much faster and increase speed to market.
If you want you, or your team, to follow steps from beginning to end, with almost no room for change, without client involvement, and testing only after completion, then the well-known Waterfall Methodology is the one for you. But if you want you, or your team, to build a mobile app with collective ownership, with high value features and for a shorter period of time, then Scrum is the way to do it. The concept of Scrum might be a challenging cultural shift for a new team, but totally worth trying and potentially adopting.